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Antibiotic resistance

Let’s be honest,
we’re too dependent on antibiotics

Antibiotics have transformed the work of medical professionals and saved millions of lives. However, we are now racing towards a post-antibiotic era where common infections and minor injuries could once again kill. Already, an estimated 700,000 die each year due to antibiotic resistance and it is seen as one of the biggest threats to global health.1, 2 In certain cases, doctors are confronted with the medical dilemma of being unable to prescribe an effective treatment. A new approach for managing infections and their effects is required.

At least 30% of antibiotics prescribed in the out patient setting are unnecessary3

While antibiotics have saved countless lives worldwide, their overuse in unsuitable cases has led to increasing antimicrobial resistance. By the year 2050, it is predicted that antimicrobial resistance will be responsible for 10 million annual deaths worldwide.3 In order to prevent the spread of antimicrobial resistant bacteria, a significant decrease in antibiotic use in wound care is needed.4 To be truly effective against antimicrobial resistance, action must be taken at every level of wound care, from wound specialists to wound nurses.

Infections caused by antibiotic resistant bacteria are harder to treat and lead to higher medical costs, prolonged hospital stays, and increased mortality. By controlling the microbes, infections can be prevented and thus reduce the need for antibiotics.5

illustration showing a wound, Sorbact Superabsorbent and a microscopic image with microbes on a Sorbact surface

The Sorbact® Solution

Based on natural processes and physical interactions, Sorbact® removes bacteria, irreversibly binding them to its surface to reduce bioburden and support wound healing. By this mode of action, Sorbact® dressings may lower the use of antibiotics and provide a contribution in the management and prevention of wound infection.6 Resistance is not likely to occur from binding of microorganisms.

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References

1.WHO. 2016. Stop antimicrobial resistance now. World Health Organization. link
2.WHO. 2020. Antibiotic resistance. World Health Organization. Fact sheet.link
3.O’Neill J. 2016. Tackling drug-resistant infections globally: Final report and recommendations. Review on Antimicrobial Resistance.link
4.Lipsky BA, Dryden M, et al. 2016. Antimicrobial stewardship in wound care: a Position Paper from the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy and European Wound Management Association. J Antimicrob Chemother. 71(11):3026-3035.link
5.International Wound Infection Institute (IWII). 2016. Wound infection in clinical practice. Wounds International 2016.link
6.Chadwick P and Ousey K. 2019. Bacterial-binding dressings in the management of wound healing and infection prevention: a narrative review. J Wound Care. 28(6):370-382.link

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